B. A. ROYALL, M. D., Villa Ridge. Among the practitioners of materia medica in Pulaski County, none are more deserving of an honorable mention in this work than Dr. B. A. Royall, the subject of this sketch. He is the second child of a family of nine children born to Joseph and Mary (Arnold) Royall, both natives of Vermont, who were removed to Tennessee when quite young, by their parents, and where they were married. The mother died when our subject was quite young; and the father died in Pulaski County, Ill., August 9, 1882. B. A. Royall was born in Carroll County, Tenn., on the 27th of September, 1849; here he spent his early life, assisting to till the soil of his father's farm, and receiving such an education as could be obtained in the common schools. In 1868, he began the study of medicine with Dr. Goshorn, of Dyersburg, Tenn., and continued with him until he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, attending the courses of 1870-1871. At the close of the course of lectures in the latter year, he came to Villa Ridge, and engaged in the practice of his chosen profession. The Doctor has built up a large and lucrative practice, and as a physician and gentleman stands high in the esteem of his fellow-men. In Pulaski County, Ill., November 26, 1871, he married Miss Sarah J., daughter of George W. and Sarah J. (Kennedy) Bankson, who were early settlers of the county, emigrants from Tennessee. Mrs. Royall was born in Pulaski County, Ill., and is the mother of two children — Lilly and Stella. In connection with his practice of medicine, the Doctor finds time to oversee his beautiful fruit farm, which contains 140 acres of good land. He is an active member of the A., F. & A. M. and Knights of Honor. Politically, he is identified with the principles of the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 295.